AROUND THE SOUTH SLAVE: New health centre opens in Fort Res

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Deninu Ku’e/Fort Resolution

The official opening of the Deninu Ku’e Health and Social Services Centre took place on June 11 in Fort Resolution.

The new centre is a state-of-the-art facility that for the first time brings together health, social services, and home care into the same building.

The new Deninu Ku’e Health and Social Services Centre was officially opened in Fort Resolution on June 11. photo courtesy of the Department of Health and Social Services

It is hoped that providing those services to residents in one location will improve patient care in the community.

“By improving the services provided to residents, as well as how they can access these services, the Government of the Northwest Territories is taking action on community wellness,” said Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy is a news release. “This brand-new facility will meet the health care needs of residents in Fort Resolution for years to come and is part of our commitment to best health, best care for a better future.”

Abernethy was in Fort Resolution for the opening.

Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh MLA Tom Beaulieu congratulated the community for its new centre.

“This brand-new facility will be a one-stop location for residents who require health and wellness support,” Beaulieu said in a news release.

The design and construction budget for the project was $13.2 million.

Construction started in March of 2016.

The previous health centre in Fort Resolution was 44 years old.

Ceremony to celebrate Slave River in Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith

A ceremony called Celebrate the Water will be held in Fort Smith on June 21.

The Slave River Coalition is inviting people to celebrate and honour the Slave River on Aboriginal Day.

The event – set from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fort Smith boat launch – will feature a water ceremony by elder Francois Paulette.

In addition, there will be talks by Becky Kostka, a director with the Slave River Coalition and the lands and resources manager with Smith’s Landing First Nation; and Ryan Schaefer, a youth from Fort Smith.

Men’s hand games tournament in Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Salt River First Nation in Fort Smith will be hosting a three-day hand games tournament from June 22 to June 24 as part of its treaty land entitlement celebration.

The $75,000 Men’s Hand Games Tournament will offer a first-place prize of $40,000.

In all, the top eight teams will win cash prizes.